Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Despite Las Vegas' horrors, expect Congress to wimp out on gun control

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Melinda Barton | 11 October, 2017, 00:34

So, the "necessity" for the Second Amendment isn't there. It is reasonable to limit ownership to people of a sane mind.

I grew up in the Texas Hill Country, where I knew it would likely take 15 to 20 minutes for the nearest police officer to come to my aid in case of a home intruder.

As for ordinary Americans, it is pointless to judge their relationship with guns by British standards. "It can't be changed by another president", said Feinstein, D-Calif., a longtime advocate of stricter gun control measures. It is meant to stop people with criminal records or those gun retailers find unsafe from purchasing guns.

If signed, the bill would require background checks for employees of gun dealers, require surveillance outside gun stores, and mandate training for employees to identify straw purchasers. But, those people aren't major forces in the political climate.

But this argument misses the fact that any restrictions in Chicago are made null by the fact that you can just hop across the border to in and buy your guns there.

Are those necessary for the average American to have? No.

From the horrific events of the Las Vegas shooting, comes the ever-growing talk of "gun control". If even one life can be saved by any of these reforms, we owe it to the citizens of this state and this country to consider them.

Bump stocks were found among the gunman's weapons and explain why victims in Las Vegas heard what sounded like automatic-weapons fire as the shooter rained bullets from a casino high-rise, slaughtering 58 people at a concert below and wounding hundreds more.

He bought everything legally, according to authorities. The devices were originally meant to help people with disabilities, fit over the stock and grip of a semi-automatic rifle and allow the weapon to fire continuously, some 400 to 800 rounds in a single minute.

"The NRA made no public statement for days after the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings", says Meyer.

The pseudo-late-night comedians, with nothing else to bray about, are now fixated on guns, which are associated with country music by the condescending elites who portray anyone who owns guns as trigger-happy NRA members. And by the way, mental illness and what some call "the decay of society" may be to blame for these shootings (not the guns themselves) but those things aren't going away anytime soon, so in the meantime, let's adjust accordingly. But, it's worth the attempt.

He also said the ATF needs to "do its job" and that devices like the so-called "bump stock" that Paddock used should be "regulated differently" if they indeed convert semi-automatics into fully-automatics.

The average American doesn't need that kind of firepower.

Sunday, they stopped short of calling for a complete ban. They are evil. They are terrorism. The firearm control debate has been a prominent issue in the 21st century and will certainly continue to be as long as mass shootings continue to happen.